Key Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Class

I am preparing to do a workshop with Icelandic Educators this week and I was asked to give them a list of questions to consider as they begin to flip their classes.  As I wrote these I realized that many people could benefit from these questions.  It is no doubt an incomplete list.  If you have more questions that I should include, please comment and I will add them.  


Overall Questions

  • What is the best use of your  face-to-face class time?

  • What is one lesson that you teach that is perfect for flipping?

  • As you start flipping, who will you work with?

  • Are you willing to give up some of the control of your classroom to your students? This is a scary thing for many teachers who like control.

  • If you flip, WHAT will you do in your class now that you are not lecturing?

  • Do you need additional resources since you will now have more time to do in-class higher order thinking and problem solving as a result of the extra time?

  • How will you rearrange your room as you consider flipping your classroom?

  • To what extent will you create vs curate your videos?

  • Will you completely flip your class, or just do selected lessons?

  • How will you learn more about flipped learning (books, the web)?

  • How much time do you have to commit to flipping your classroom?

  • How will your students access your videos?  Do you have any students who will need to access the videos when NOT connected to the internet?

  • If you teach multiple classes:  Which class will you flip first?

  • Have you considered moving to a Flipped-Mastery model?


Technical Questions about Video Creation:

  • What software will you use to make your videos?

  • Do you need any hardware like a better microphone or a tablet to write with?

  • Where will you post your videos? (YouTube? Somewhere else?)

  • How will you link your videos from your Learning Management System?


Classroom Questions

  • How will you monitor if the students watched the video?

  • How will you grade their watching of the videos?

  • How will you build in interactivity into your video lessons?  (A Google form?  Notes on paper? a A question? Something else?)

  • What are you going to do when a student doesn't watch your video?

  • How will you change your assessment as a result of flipping your class?

  • How will you communicate what you are doing with your administration?

  • How will you communicate what you are doing with your students?

  • How will you communicate what you are doing with your parents?